Sometimes the Google machine relents and the internet wins. The case of Mizuu's removal from the Play Store is an example of that. After just a few days of exile, the Google Play team got in touch with the developer to let him know the app was being restored. There is a condition, though.

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Mizuu gets to come back to the Play Store, but the developer had to agree to upload a new version that complies fully with Google's content policy. The whole unpleasant episode stems from Muzuu's third-party video ID database, which sometimes fails to properly tag adult content. That means it can show up in the app accidentally. The developer has decided to implement an additional app-level filter to prevent that.

The app is $2.99 in Google Play, but the dev is also following through with his pledge to make Mizuu open source. The app will be free to download outside of Google Play, but you can now buy it again to support the dev.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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    If anything, I thought the condition would be to change the logo. It's so similar to the logo used for Google Play Movies & TV it looks like a copy with a few alterations. Am I the only one who is surprised by how Google is allowing that?

    • Scrapinold

      Since the icon is just a pretty generic drawing of film, that'd be pretty ridiculous if Google yelled at them about it. That'd be like if they started yelling at people for making reader apps with a icon of a book (like Play Books) or calendar apps with icon of a calendar (like Google Calendar).

  • hp420

    I would like to thank Google for telling me where to watch pirated videos if I'm in a pinch. Their pulling the app was nothing but advertisement.

    • Cory S

      It's just album art and movie info for the movies you probably already pirated.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      lol i dont think you know what you're talking about

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    Humn... Seems fair enough.

  • moelsen8

    so by being unreachable and not communicating with the dev, they've screwed him. how many people will really buy this app now?

    • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

      I just did

    • Anders

      I did last year. It looks and works great. There aren't that many Android apps giving such a nice, smooth way of scrolling through your collection, also with tablet. The dev is really listening to the users. Last week he switched from a black to a white themed Google cards-like UI, but after some 'turmoil in the conservative fanbase' added a dark theme for that as well only a few days later.

      Also it's connected to Trakt, so there's a nice backup when you get a new device.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Awesome, I will probably buy it when I get enough credit from Google rewards to support further development.

  • turdbogls

    One of the best media managers out there. Glad they got everything sorted out.

    • Android Developer

      What does it do exactly?
      All I can see is that it shows the videos you have, and provide some information about them, no?
      Are there any killer features about it?

      • turdbogls

        Thats about it....there just isn't any really good organizers out there....this one pulls in high quality "album art" and background images, synopses ect. really nicely done app, it also does a good job of orgaizing TV shows too.

        I dont use the app often (since I only watch movies on my devices when I travel like 2 times a year) but it was well worth the $3 or whatever it was...even with my limited use.

        • Android Developer

          but how many videos can anyone have on a single device?
          Also, isn't it easy to just put the files you copy into the relevant folders?

          • enoch861

            I believe it also supports NAS's and network shares.
            I personally don't see any need for it since I have Plex, but its still cool never the less.

          • turdbogls

            as someone that doesn't have many movies on my devices at one time (max is like 4-5) yeah, it isn't THAT great....but someone that has a TON of storage and a TON of files (like my friend who has about 20-30 movies, and probably 5 TV shows on his device at any given time) it is really useful.

            sure you could dump them in a folder and call it a day. but if you want it to actually look nice when browsing your collection, this is the app for you.

            I guess this is more for the visual person. I would much rather have nice album art, and background images and Information about what I'm watching than a bunch of file names in a folder....thats just me though.

          • Android Developer

            ok, so how does it work?
            I mean , I put a video file and it looks at its file name for getting information about the movie/tv-show ?
            What would happen if the file name is meaningless ?

          • turdbogls

            exactly. if the file is named something completely different, you can manually search for titles and assign it the correct info.

          • Android Developer

            I see. Makes sense. Thanks.

      • tlingitsoldier

        This is good for people that like to keep their media on their device, or want to connect to a NAS. However, I think Plex works better, overall, for managing media, displaying g high quality artwork, and having a media server on your main PC. I enjoy the option of being able to stream from home, or sync to the device (if I chose to pay for Plex Pass). Plus, Plex supports Chromecast, but I haven't heard if Mizuu does. I love Mizuu, and I'm happy for the developer, but I don't think I'm going to spend another $3 because of this.

        • Android Developer

          I see. What are Plex's features in this regard ? Does it stream video files from the computer, and allows controlling the playback from the device (like a remote control) ?

          • tlingitsoldier

            Plex allows you to stream your video files from your computer (Plex server), and watch on your devices (Android, ios, WP, Chrome, etc). You can also use it with the Chromecast, so you can then use your device as a remote. There's also at least one 3rd party app that lets you use it as a traditional remote for the Plex Home Theater, which one would most likely put on a dedicated HTPC. It also does a great job of providing metadata, and making your video collection look nice.

          • Android Developer

            nice. Thanks.